Denver Broncos Preseason Preview: Quarterback Battle and More

Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIAugust 22, 2011

All the talk this preseason has been about the Broncos quarterback battle between veteran Kyle Orton and second-year fan favorite Tim Tebow. Somewhat surprisingly, another quarterback has entered the conversation—former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.

It's just another chapter in the downward spiral that has been Tebow's offseason. First, he thought he'd be taking over the reigns at quarterback when Orton was placed on the trading block, and a few weeks later he's behind a guy who has been a huge disappointment his entire career (Quinn).

Enough of the quarterback carousel, how about the defense? The first team defense looks better than last year's Orange Mush so far this preseason. How could they not? They were cellar dwellers in practically all major defensive categories.

Rookie linebacker Von Miller has looked good and there seems to be more urgency under new head coach John Fox.

They passed their first test against the Cowboys with flying colors, only allowing three points against Dallas' first team offense.

Their second test proved to be just as successful against a weaker Buffalo offense, again only allowing three points against the first team offense.

Running backs Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee seem to be ready for a heavy workload under run-happy head coach John Fox. We've seen what Carolina's rushing attack accomplished under Fox and one can't help but be excited about the new tandem of Denver tailbacks.

Despite the nice start to preseason, it's still hard to imagine the Broncos achieving a winning record in 2011. They have a fairly tough schedule and you can't revamp a last-ranked defense in just one offseason, especially after a lockout. I'd say a third-place finish in the AFC West is likely.